As a consequence of our excessive use of fossil fuels like coal and oil, approximately 79 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere everyday. One of the results of this man-made pollution is the acidification of the ocean, causing the destruction of the coral reef habitat of clownfish. Increased levels of CO2 in the ocean also damages clownfish's hearing, sight, and…
Coral reefs, often called "rainforests of the sea”, are delicate ecosystems that are affected by the slightest change in chemical balance and water temperature. Many swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers are unaware that the chemical sunscreens they use may be killing coral reefs. Researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in oceans…
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This is a great campaign to stop shark finning in Florida. A motivated high school student started this petition and is taking it all the…Read More
ScienceOnline Oceans Conference: Registration now open! -
The ScienceOnline Oceans Conference, which will focus on how marine scientists and conservationists can use internet tools for collaboration, education and outreach is now open for registration!
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U.S. government opposed to state-level fin bans, may preempt them -
A note in today's Federal Register shows that the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Federal agency responsible for managing U.S. fishing, takes major legal and philosophical issues with a series of state-level shark fin bans…Read More
I've written a blog post that summarizes the best available scientific and technical definitions of 15 important fisheries management policy terms. The post can be found here:
Many are…Read More